Thursday, 16 November 2017

Shiny new stuff and where to buy it!

It hit me the other day.... I have been sneaking new stuff in to the shop for the past couple of months and I'm not entirely convinced I've been telling everyone about it properly (other than Instagram posts!) So I thought I'd take 5 to pop all the shiny newness into one blog post for you and also let you know about where you can buy them... online and IRL.

So first up, a mini showcase of all things new in the Hello Sunshine shop, including limited edition festive treats and some brand new products! YAY! 


A pin inspired by my Grandparents very own Happy Camper and my memories of mini trips in it when we were little. Oh the joy to be able to feed the ducks in Attenborough Nature Reserve and then shelter from the rain and have a cup of tea while we watched them play (and while my sister hid from the swans!) 


"You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are grey
You'll never know dear, how much I love you
Please don't take my sunshine away"

A song and phrase so close to my heart and now a gorgeous pin that I'm incredibly happy to be able to share with you all - I just hope you love it as much as I do!


Eeep! The little Sunshine kitty crew just got bigger... no wait... smaller with the arrival of these super cute, teeny-tiny and very shiny enamel studs! Available as Little Black Cats, Little White Cats, Brown Tabby Cats and Shiny Silver Cats.


These super shiny, mega sparkly kitty cats are here to help jazz up a dull day and make sure you're party ready ANY TIME! Only one batch has been made of these sparkly tinkers making them LIMITED EDITION and only available in Hello Sunshine shops or at events this season.


The PURRFECT accessory for any shirt, these new gold enamel cufflinks will make sure you look the business. You can pick from a little pair of Black Cats, pair of Brown Tabby Cats or even mix and match with one of each.


This little set of iron on patches includes a cheeky bottle of gin with a slice of lemon AND lime, meaning you can mix it up and enjoy a gin 'n ' juice ANY time!


CHIN CHIN GIN LOVERS! The popular Sunshine gin design has been turned into a snazzy pair of silver enamel cufflinks, ready to don the shirt of any gin lover out there.


All the fun of a festive woolly jumper without the itching and outfit clashes! Add a Christmas Jumper of a different kind to your winter wardrobe this year with cute little brooches, earrings, necklaces & pins.


Not only can you grab a little Merry Christmas decoration you can PIMP YOUR VERY OWN CHRISTMAS JUMPER! Add your name (or a loved ones name) to this snazzy Christmas Jumper to create the perfect personalised Christmas treat! The best way to embrace the festive woolly trend without the itching and awkward wardrobe clashes.


Everybody sing it now... "CHRISTMAS TIME, Mistletoe and wine!" One of the world's cheesiest Christmas tunes AND a cute little pin duo to wear all season - now that's what I call festive! Pick up the festive pair for a limited time only this Winter and make everyone hum, sing and possibly dance when they see you sporting them.


"I just like to smile, smiling's my favourite!" Not only one of my favourite films but a quote that couldn't be more relevant to me and the Hello Sunshine brand. Everything here is done with the intent of bringing a smile to your face and I'm hoping the new version of this pin does just the trick again!


It's a festive double whammy! Save some pennies and bag yourself a sparkly Christmas edition camper van patch AND pin. Also available individually and the glitter van pin is SO SHINY!

Phew! So I think that's all the newness in the shop, I hope it's a nice little round up to look through and you spy some treats for your Christmas list - whether it's for you or your loved ones. You can find everything via the little links below each snap or pop to the NEW CHRISTMAS section in the Sunshine shop. 

You'll also find everything hanging out in the Sunshine Etsy shop too so you can browse and fill your basket with treats from lots of different lovely Etsy shops and check out in one go! Such a simple way to shop all your fave independents this festive season!

If you're excited about getting out and about in to the shop this year you can also find Hello Sunshine goodies in lots of different independent shops and galleries so take a peek at the STOCKIST section on the website too. Another brilliant way to immerse yourself in lots of gorgeous handmade products and treats from a mix of indies and creatives is to visit some of the upcoming Christmas fairs and Markets! There are SO MANY happening around the UK and it's one of my favourite ways to sell Sunshine and meet/catch up with lots of my fave designer-makers.

You'll find me behind a stall of Sunshine at the following events and I CAN'T BLOODY WAIT so please do come and say hello if you're in the area!

And don't forgot, THIS WEEKEND you'll find me back at the Handmade Nottingham Winter Market doing Live Sunshine Portraits from 11-5pm. YAY! 

Ooft! It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, huh? 


Monday, 13 November 2017


A little note to let you know that if you would like some Sunshine in time for Christmas then all orders must be placed by 5pm on the dates listed below pretty please...


🌎   INTERNATIONAL : Fri 24th November  πŸŒŽ 
πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§   UK : Thu 30th November  πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ 


🌎   INTERNATIONAL : Mon 4th December  πŸŒŽ 
πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§   UK : Sat 16th December  πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

The online shops will remain open over Christmas but please bear in mind that any orders placed after MIDDAY on Fri 22rd December WILL NOT be processed until Thursday 4th January 2018.


*runs off singing Christmas songs*

Monday, 6 November 2017

Sunshine News : pets, portraits, weddings & live events!

It's been a while since I shared some Sunshine so I thought I'd pack all the latest illustration news in to one little blog post for you!

First up, now it's November (yikes!) I thought I'd tell you a little about this year's #hellosunshineINKtober challenge. I decided to start by drawing my favourite breeds of Cats and Dogs, naturally starting with my own tinkers...

Day 1 : Princess Pegs

After inking and painting beautiful cats and dogs for the whole of October and asking for feedback about what to do with them along the way, I decided that I would turn the original watercolour art works in to A5 prints and try to raise some money for a local pet charity.

So now, you can pick your favourite pooch or kitty and help support real life fur babies looking for new homes at the same time. £2 from each print sold will be going to Blue Cross, a local rehoming centre in Cambridge.

All prints are available to purchase through the Hello Sunshine shop and originals are also available direct through me via email. Fingers crossed we can sell lots of prints to help raise money for all the pets looking for new homes at Blue Cross Cambridge - it's hard not to want to take them all home myself!

Day 31 : Saarloos Wolfhound

From Pets to people, I had a wonderful and slightly terrifying new experience with my Live Sunshine Portraits this weekend as I packed up my pencils and headed to my very first wedding. When Martin & Robbie asked me if I would doodle their wedding guests between the ceremony and the wedding breakfast I was absolutely thrilled! I have often thought of offering portraits as part of a wedding but never really given enough thought to how it would actually work so this was the exciting kick up the bum and boost I really needed.

I was quite scared at first as it all felt very new but as soon as I set myself up at the beautiful venue and the guests started coming over to chat, the doodles (and giggles) started to flow and I had the most wonderful two hours sketching guests in their beautiful outfits. I can't thank Martin & Robbie enough for their trust, encouragement and support with my first ever wedding event and hopefully this may be the start of something new and more regular for me.

Hopefully I'll be able to sneak a peek at photos from the day at some point in the future and share them with you as I was too busy scribbling to take any myself, but for now I'll share the latest part of my Hello Sunshine uniform for events... PENCIL SHOES!

Still on the Live Sunshine subject, I am also very excited and happy to share that I will be back at the brilliant Handmade Nottingham Winter Market on Sunday 19th November and I can't bloody wait!

A year ago, at this very event is where the Live Portrait journey started for me and Rhea and the team have been just the BEST at supporting me and inviting me back to take part in their markets throughout the year. It means a lot to be able to return and join the fun again, not only at such a fun event but also in my home town. If you're in the area please do pop in to The Malt Cross on St James Street. There will be plenty of wonderful stalls to shop from and a bar serving yummy cake, snacks and beverages so come say hello and even sit for a doodle if you're tempted!

Photo : Dan Hodgett

As well as live portraits and drawing all the cats and dogs recently, I have also been keeping busy with your lovely digital portrait commissions. From weddings and anniversaries to pets and family birthdays, I've been a busy bee but am often unable to share them until after the events they are commissioned for. With Christmas coming up this means there's a lot of secret squirrel work happening but here's a selection of some recent favourites I am allowed to share with you...

I absolutely LOVE drawing people (and pets!) so if you are interested in a portrait, digital or watercolour, please do get in touch or visit the Hello Sunshine shop for more information and prices. I'll be taking commissions up until 30th November so make sure you get in touch before then if you'd like a bit of personalised Sunshine in time for Christmas.

Hope you enjoyed the SUNSHINE NEWS (heehee!) and come back soon for more info on new Christmas goodies and events coming up this festive season!


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

#Cbgtown Indoor Market : 21st October

It's that time of year again when the diary fills up and the festive shopping period is looming! I'm not gonna lie, I bloody love it and with a fabulous local event coming up this month and many more to follow throughout November and December, I thought now would be the perfect time to start shouting about them.

So first up is the Cambridge Indoor Market, organised by the wonderful Charlotte and raising money for Cambridge Food Cycle.

It's only a couple of weekends away and on SATURDAY 21st OCTOBER you'll be able to shop the wardrobes of Cambridge's most stylish bloggers and Instagrammers, buy hand crafted products from local makers and take part in a fantastic craft workshop! Oh, and there will be cake there too!

I will be there but this time I'll be selling mainly clothes and accessories (a lot of which I've bought but never worn!) but I will also have a little box of Sunshine bargains too... so come along for cake and say HELLO! You can find out a bit more about who will be there and register your interest for the fabulous workshop too over on the event page on Facebook : #Cbgtown Indoor Market

I'll announce more events and dates soon but in the mean time keep you eye on the events section of the Hello Sunshine Website and also over on the Hello Sunshine Facebook page too!


Friday, 1 September 2017

hello September, hello NEW WEBSITE! ☀️

Yup, after a full on Summer of work and fun times, September is here and I have something mighty exciting to share with you all! You might remember my post last year about working with wonderful Angharad at Cardigan Studio to create a beautiful new website for Hello Sunshine, well we got our heads together again this year and has been pimped!

I am over the moon with how fresh, simple and down right beautiful it looks! Working with Angharad is always a joy and her one-to-one service was a brilliant way to manage time and cost to work through exactly what I needed.

We’ve switched to a shiny new Squarespace template, which I think looks really fresh and shows off my branding really nicely - thank you as always Twin Pines Creative for your graphic design skills, I'm still in LOVE with my logo and branding!

As well as links through to my shop and blog you can now find a shiny NEW gallery space dedicated to my illustration work. This is something I've never integrated into my website before and I am SO happy to now have this little spot to share and show off Sunshine Portraits.

There is also a lovely new LOOKBOOK section on the site too, which is the perfect place to showcase the wonderful photography and images of my work that Holly Booth creates for me. Another wonderful, magical human bean I love to work with!

Using lots of the new imagery created earlier this year with Holly, Angharad and I also updated the ABOUT, STOCKISTS and CONTACT pages so everything looks super Sunshiney and bright!

One of the biggest things I wanted to add to the new site was a specific section where stockists can view all of the pieces I offer for wholesale. I'm still trying to figure out how best to make this work for me but the password protected shop and functionality that Angharad has set up for me is PERFECT! 

It was BRILLIANT to be able to book Angharad's time by the day to help me make the updates, not only did the flexibility allow us to get things done quickly but the way she explained and talked me through everything has helped build my confidence so I can maintain parts of the website myself too. Working together like this saved me a lot of time & effort, which as a small business owner is invaluable!

If you ever need any help with website wizardry, big or small, I totally recommend getting in touch with Angharad, you can also find out more about her one-to-one service over at

As you can probably tell, I'm very happy and excitable about this website pimping project and I hope you love the new look too! Please do pop over, have a tinker and explore the website, if you have any thoughts, comments, feedback to throw my way afterwards please do! I'd love to know what you think and it's always good to know things work and sit right with my customers too.

Ooh and I just have one more thing to shout about! To celebrate the shiny new look of the website and start of a brand new month I'm offering 25% off EVERYTHING in my Sunshine Shop until midnight Sunday 3rd September. YAY! So you can enjoy playing with the new website AND treat yourself to some bargainous Sunshine if you're tempted. DOUBLE YAY!

Just fill your basket over at and make sure you add the discount code SHINYNEW when you checkout and you'll get 25% off. If you spend over £10 you also get free UK postage too!

Thank you so much for popping over to read my blog, I hope you have a very HAPPY FRIDAY and here's wishing you a splendid September too!


Saturday, 5 August 2017

Cambridge dates for your diary.

That's right, I have some lovely dates for your diary and first up is Saturday 12th August. Yup! This time next week I'll be packing my bags full of Sunshine and heading to the beautiful St Andrews' St Baptist Church in Cambridge. There you'll find lots of other talented makers from all over East Anglia, selling their beautiful wares at the Cambridge Made Summer Fair.

Don't just take my word for it though, you can find out more about the day itself over on the Cambridge Made event page on Facebook and the lovely Stephanie from The Trove Cambridge has written a great write up about what to expect too. (You can read the full article here.)

Meet and chat with the Cambridge Made crew as you browse the stalls in the cool and lovely St Andrews Street Baptist church, just a stone’s throw from the Grand Arcade and Cambridge’s shopping centre and historical sights. Home–made cakes, beverages and light meals are available in the on–site Livingstones cafe. 
- Stephanie Freeman, The Trove Cambridge

photo credit : The Trove Cambridge

Next up is another very exciting Cambridge date on Saturday 30th September, when Claireabellemakes and I will be hosting our THIRD Photowalk! YAY! We still can't get over how well our Spring walk turned out and we're so excited about plotting a new route and more fun and games for you all! Make sure you RSVP to our little Facebook event (here) to let us know you're coming and don't forget it's open to EVERYONE and completely free so bring your friends, your family and even the pooch!

photo credit : A Rosie Life

What's even more exciting, especially for the foodies out there, is that the walk falls on the same day as the next foodPark Night Market! DOUBLE YAY! We're planning on heading to fill our faces and indulge in the delights Cambridge's finest food vans will have to offer after the walk. You can buy tickets to foodPark for just £4 each (here) and keep your peepers peeled for the line up announcement! 

Here's the line up from July's Night Market in #fattybumbumdrawsvans style... fingers crossed you'll see Septembers line up in a similar guise! EXCITING!


Thursday, 13 July 2017

Sharing Sunshine ☀︎

Well hello July, where did you come from? I'm sure I'm not the only one saying it but this year is flying by isn't it? It's been a little while since I checked in on the blog, mainly because I haven't felt like writing much lately and to be honest I still don't fancy writing a lot (sorry!)

However, I would LOVE to share some of my recent Sunshine commissions with you all as I have been a busy bee over the past couple of months and I believe it's now safe to share these lovely portraits with you all.

Now I bloody love a good wedding, and I adore drawing people as part of their big day celebrations! Whether it's for invitations, a gift from the bride to the groom or a surprise from one of the guests for the happy couple - I enjoy wedding portraits so much and I have been lucky enough to create the following Sunshine for some beautiful couples...

You may have spotted a couple of fur babies in the portraits above and it's always an added bonus when I get to draw pets in any portrait so I am thrilled to have been asked to draw these beautiful creatures and their human beans too recently...

Now this next ones a bit different, definitely no fur babies or pets but still brilliant to draw and a lovely gift for someone who loves their motor...

 Family portraits are always a joy to draw too, capturing everyone's favourite hobbies, toys and even outfits makes me feel like I get to know the people I'm doodling, even if I never meet or speak to them. I realise that sounds a bit creepy but I hope you know what I mean...

I also had some lovely requests for leaving presents recently and these two totally gave me the warm and fuzzies! A scenic keepsake for someone leaving Cambridge and a special portrait from year 11's to their head of year as a fairwell gift...

So I think that brings us up to date with Sunshine portraits I'm actually allowed to share with you right now, I hope you've enjoyed the peek. I often forget what I've drawn for lovely folk so it's nice for me to take a bit of time to reflect and look back on them all together too.

In other Sunshine news, I've been trying to keep up with the little #100daysofSunshines project I started back in June. I started it to try and get to grips with using my new iPad and pencil for drawing and it's been a lot of fun so far! There are only a couple more weeks to go and if you've been following along over on Facebook, I do hope you've been enjoying seeing the random iPad doodles pop up.

This is one of my favourites from the collection so far and brings back some fun memories of some of the adventures we've been on so far this year... 

You can see the rest of the project doodles here... do let me know if you have a favourite too!